CARTHAGE, Mo. – The Carthage School Board approved a ballot measure to fund a new performing arts center at Monday night’s meeting.
The $18 million initiative will be on the ballot in the April 5 election.
Officials said there would be no tax increase if passed.
In addition to housing new space for the orchestra, theater and choir, the facility would also free up classroom space at the secondary school.
“It’s been a while to come,” said Katie Crigger, director of vocal music at Carthage High School. “I’ve worked for the district since 2010. I was actually a student at Carthage High School and graduated here in 2003, so I’ve seen over the years how desperately needed this facility is for our students. and for the community of Carthage and just the exciting things that we will be able to do in Carthage by having a new facility.
The current facility is based at the Carthage 6th Grade Center and was built in 1987. Its auditorium seats approximately 800 people. Carthage R-9 Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Baker said issues with the current auditorium include lights, sound, stage, locker rooms, size, storage, stage store, seating and the pit area.
“We hope the ballot measure will pass so that we have a performing arts center and also new classrooms,” Baker said.
The final vote to put the question on the ballot was 5-2.